Ed.D. Educational Leadership


Program Overview

The Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership is a 45+ hour post-master’s professional degree for qualified candidates who wish to pursue the terminal degree in Educational Leadership. The program is designed to further develop experienced leaders in the areas of school improvement, strategic planning and institutional development, and other areas of critical need for the twenty-first century. The EdD program is designed to build candidates’ critical understanding and expert use of transformational leadership skills. Our goal is to develop school leaders who integrate thoughtful, globally-minded leadership practices with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective educational leaders. Our graduates are prepared to actively and knowledgeably engage within institutional contexts of constant challenge and innovation. Candidates critically review and robustly construct knowledge in educational policy, data analysis, and educational planning in conjunction with educational theory through discourse-rich coursework and field-centered projects. The knowledge and application of research in general and in the specific form of a dissertation is an integral component of the doctoral program experience. Candidates are prepared to lead change and develop organizations to effectively succeed in a global educational context.

EdD Common Core in Research (12 hours)

  • EDRS 9100: Research: Qualitative
  • EDRS 9200: Research: Quantitative
  • EDUC 9800: Doctoral Seminar
  • EDUC 8100: Advanced Theory of Learning

Concentration Courses (12 Hours)

  • EDL 9881: Special Education and Advanced School Law
  • EDL 9882: Educational Planning: Policies, Practices & Transformation
  • EDL 9883: Performance for Educational Executives:  Politics, Power, and Policy
  • EDL 9884: Emerging Leadership Trends in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Electives Descriptions (Select 12 hours)

  • EDL 9310: Educational Facilities
  • EDL 9320: Media, Community & Public Relations
  • EDL 9330: Comparative Education
  • EDL 9340: Ethics for Educational Leaders
  • EDL 9350: Economics of Education
  • EDL 9360: Beyond Policy:  Reforming Schools Through Learner-Centered Education and Leadership
  • EDL 9370: Critical Issues for Student Learning: Exploring the Literature
  • EDL 8860: Transition Between Building and System Levels

Advisor Approved Elective (3 hours)

Dissertation (Minimum 9 hours)

  • EDL 9900: Dissertation

45+ Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Please see the KSU Graduate Admissions website for the admission requirements specific to this program at https://graduate.kennesaw.edu/graduate-admissions/admission-requirements.php

Deadline for Applications

Fall Semester -  July 1

Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6888 or email edldepartment@kennesaw.edu